Written Bill Wise
Illustrated by Rebecca Evans
Fun and witty, this adorable book highlights some facts about animals that set them apart from humans. Set up like a carnival with a game for each animal, it shows how the animal would always win the chosen game. The author chooses a pie eting contest for the hippopotamus, hide-and-seek for a chameleon, basketball for a giraffe, a long jump for a kangaroo, weight-lifting for an elephant, wrestling for an anaconda, a 100-meter dash for a cheetah, Twister for an octopus, tag for a porcupine, a staring contest for a shark, and a blind potato race for a bat. Then there’s a snail, which wins at laying a slime trail.
Wonderfully amusing illustrations complete the joy while kids learn. Each spread includes the blue-ribboned prior winner of the games and foreshadowing of the next animal contestant. Five kids compete with the animals and obviously have fun doing it.
The Explore More pages have lots of ideas for further learning. For teachers and parents, the lessons available are divided into science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Title: If You Played Hide-and-Seek With a Chameleon
- Author: Bill Wise
- Illustrator: Rebecca Evans
- Publisher: Dawn Publications, 2019
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Paperback, 32 pages
- Grade Level: 1 to 4
- Genre: Animals, Nature
- ISBN: 978-1-58469-651-3
- Extras: Explore More for Kids, Explore More for Teachers and Parents